Chelsea are reportedly willing to include a £27million purchase option for Antonio Rudiger to join Barcelona after an initial loan.
This is according to the latest on Rudiger’s future from Don Balon, following plenty of speculation on the out-of-favour Germany international.
Rudiger initially looked a strong signing for Chelsea, but he has struggled to perform consistently and has been frozen out by Frank Lampard in more recent times.
This has led to Kicker linking Rudiger with Barcelona or a return to former club Roma, but Don Balon have an update that suggests Chelsea already have a price in mind for the 27-year-old.
Barcelona’s interest is something of a surprise given Rudiger’s poor form, but he could be a useful signing if he ends up getting back to his best.
The Catalan giants have looked suspect at the back for some time, and may well feel it’s worth gambling on Rudiger as an easy fix for a problem position.
Playing at a less competitive level for a team like Barca might well be ideal for the former Roma man to revive his career, and Chelsea would also surely be happy to make a decent amount from his sale that could go towards signing another top centre-back.